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Parish runners fare well in Firecracker 5K

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Former Benton star Kaitlin Flattmann finished second in the women’s division in the annual Firecracker 5K Race for Research on the Fourth of July in Shreveport.

Flattmann, a former Arkansas cross country and distance runner, completed the course in 18 minutes, 30 seconds. Former Loyola College Prep standout Kaitlin Tanner won in 18:18.6.

Flattmann won multiple state championships in cross country and track at Benton and is still the composite state meet record holder in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

Sara Funderburk, a 2016 Parkway graduate, finished 10th in 21:34.6. Funderburk, who won cross country and track high school state championships, is headed to LSU.

Former Benton standout Drake Heinz finished eighth in the men’s division in 17:10.5. Heinz, who runs for Louisiana Tech, is also a former high school state champ. Alfred Kiplugarkme won in 14:50.5.

Will Dart, who recently completed his eighth-grade year at Cope, finished 21st in 18:23.3.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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